Raf Simons IS in at Dior

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The Twitterverse is definitely in a tizzy today about Jil Sander heading back to her eponymous label and Raf Simons heading to Christian Dior as John Galliano’s official replacement. According to a good friend at LVMH, Raf Simons has already signed on at Dior and the announcement will be made shortly.

I interviewed Raf last year when he was Jury President for the Hyères Festival — he’s a wonderfully modest and humble person — I couldn’t be happier for him!

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New John Galliano rumours… time for the John comeback?

The rumour mills are swirling…. Wagging tongues are saying that fashion designer John Galliano is in talks with the powers that be at PPR to front a new PPR-funded luxury company.

And just when the eternal PPR vs. LVMH battle seemed put to rest — will these negotiations have fashionable furs flying again? Only time will tell!

Stay tuned!

Cooking with Lanvin — Le Concours de Cuisine de Lanvin Petite

Le concours de cuisine de Lanvin Petite © Lanvin

Back today from traveling and am totally charmed by the news of this contest, which hit my inbox first thing this morning. Historic fashion house, Lanvin, will be holding a mother-daughter cooking contest in honor of their first children’s clothing line: Lanvin Petite. Jeanne Lanvin and her daughter, Marguerite, are the inspiration behind the contest that will unite the best recipes for chocolate cake, with the winning recipe  selected and prepared by the executive chef at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier in the Ritz Hotel in the Place Vendôme Paris. The winning mother-daughter team will be guests of honor at an afternoon goûter/tea held by the brand on December 4th. Ooh la la, this contest is just beyond cute — we’re sure Alber Elbaz has a sweet tooth and we think mother and daughter team Salma Hayek and Valentina Pinault would be an adorable addition.

To participate, send your recipes for chocolate cake asap to: www.lanvin.com/marecette

xox

Carven Paris Fashion Week SS12

It’s no secret, I love Guillaume Henry for Carven. He’s the fashion industry’s current darling and definitely deserves the kudos — designing sweet, girly, gamine looks that would look perfect on the Alexa Chungs or Olivia Palermos of the world.

Sitting front row at his Paris Fashion Week presentation a few weeks ago were Inès de La Fressange and Isabelle Huppert and although the show took quite a while to start, we have to say well done Monsieur Henry for putting together your first real runway défilé! Hope to see you around our neighborhood very soon! (NB: Yes, we’re neighbors!)

xox

PS. What do you think of those shoes!?! ♥♥

Images © Mrs. Châtelaine

Alexis Mabille Paris Fashion Week SS 2012

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Mrs. Châtelaine brings the catwalk to you! Join front row guests Dita von Teese, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac, Bryanboy, and ballerina Marie-Agnes Gillot, at Alexis Mabille’s gorgeous Spring Summer 2012 collection shown over the weekend during Paris Fashion Week.

Mabille was inspired by the Italian classic movie, “The Gardens of the Finzi Contini,” dressing models as fearless, flirty girls, to uninhibited worldly women. Chic.

www.alexismabille.com

Who was at the Absolut party for Gareth Pugh last night?

Gareth Pugh and Karla Otto

Anastasia Barbieri and Robert Rabensteiner

Bianca Brandolini and Delfina Delletrez-Fendi

Gaïa Repossi

Ellen von Unwerth

Lindsay Lohan

Rossy de Palma, Jim Goldstein and Catherine Baba

Michelle Harper (in Gareth Pugh) and Thakoon Panichgul

Celebrating the launch of the new Absolut vodka bottle designed by fashion designer, Gareth Pugh, at Silencio, David Lynch’s new Parisian members club. 

Images © D.R.

Serious Arm Candy at Corto Moltedo

In awe of the serious arm candy in the new displays at Corto Moltedo. Images from the cocktail last night at his fab boutique in the Palais Royal. Credit card, be warned!

Corto Moltedo, 146-148 galerie de Valois, Palais Royal, Paris, 75001. Tel. + 33 1 49 27 97 91

www.corto.com

Images © Mrs. Châtelaine

Karl Lagerfeld for Hogan

Will this be one of the best parties of Paris Fashion Week again? Karl Lagerfeld presents his Spring Summer 2012 collection for Hogan at a cocktail in a hotel particulier on Friday night. Last season’s party with The Kaiser himself, Lady Amanda Harlech, Natalia Vodianova, Lou Doillon, Elisa Sednaoui, Leigh Lezark, Bruno Mars, M.I.A., Elettra Wiedemann, and Daisy Lowe, all hitting the red carpet, was quite the event! Stay tuned…

Image © Mrs. Châtelaine

Rachel Zoe arrives for Paris Fashion Week

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Rachel Zoe arrives in Paris with husband Rodger and 13 pieces of luggage. Paris Fashion Week has officially started!

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

Erdem Spring Summer 2012

I love a Spring Summer collection that actually looks ready for Spring Summer! Meaning something fresh, light, and above all, feminine. Erdem Moralioglu’s Spring Summer 2012 collection, presented on Monday during London Fashion Week, is for me, just pure perfection. I can picture Grace Kelly wearing some of these dresses in Monaco, circa Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief. In recent years Erdem has become quite a fashion favorite: Anna Wintour wore a jacket by him at the Nicole Farhi show in London and even Anna Dello Russo tweeted excitedly on Monday morning, “#LFW I’m going to ERDEM Fashion Show!”

In fact, Erdem almost designed my wedding dress! He was one of the first people I contacted when I got engaged, he was available, but he was also working on a few other bride’s dresses and because his schedule was very tight for fittings, I decided in the end to stay with a designer based in Paris. Even though I was over the moon about my dress in the end, I think I will always imagine “what if,” especially when I view a collection like this! ♥♥♥♥ Erdem…

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The Art Fund

Vera Wang for Wedgwood Piggy Bank

How do you save to build an art collection? That’s one of the recurrent conversations the Hubby and I have had over the last few years. We both love art and we both agreed we wanted to put money aside in order to build our own collection. We even jokingly discussed getting our own piggy bank in order to penalize bad habits: he was supposed to put €20 in whenever he said, “shiiiiiiiiit” — a terrible habit he had picked up after watching 5 seasons of HBO’s The Wire back-to-back — and I was supposed to contribute whenever he discovered any discarded cups of tea around the house, a bad habit I have instead of immediately putting them into the dishwasher. So imagine my surprise when he came home this weekend with this adorable little piggy bank! A precious silverplate baby piggy bank from the Vera Wang Wedgwood collection. I guess we have no excuse to not start saving now!

Mrs. Châtelaine loves Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2012

Model Lindsey Wixson looks poutingly perfect

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

Jason Wu Spring Summer 2012 collection

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Spring Summer is party perfect for fans of Jason Wu. Sitting front row at his New York Fashion Week presentation were Glee’s Lea Michele (chatting with Harper’s Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey), Top Chef”s Gail Simmons (hey, we love food!), Caroline Sieber, Harley Viera-Newton, Sara Rutson and Anna dello Russo, among others. From what we hear, the show after-party was particularly gorgeous, with guests surrounded by walls of roses and hydrangeas. We love Monsieur Wu!

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